Medieval Magic Weekend
6th - 8th August 2021
Limited to just 25 people
About our Venue
Our home for the weekend is a classic country house nestled within 30 acres of private grounds
with forest, fields, its own stone circle and much more.
The house sits high above the town of Mitcheldean, deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean and commands spectacular views over the River Severn to the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills over 20 miles away.
The estate can be traced back at least 2000 years and was originally an Iron Age settlement.
The first house on this land was built in the 16th century with the present house replacing it in 1824. Once a private home the building became a Women's Sanatorium in 1884 before becoming an isolation hospital for children with Diphtheria and Scarlett fever. Finally the building was used as a geriatric hospital until it closed its doors in 1965.
Now known as The Wilderness Centre, the estate offers the opportunity to roam freely throughout private woodlands, fields and hills.
- 5.00pm -
Once in your room or tent you will find your medieval costumes awaiting you...and so your journey back in time begins!
- 7.00pm -
Grab your costume (provided!) gather in the entrance hall and follow the music into the banqueting room where you will enjoy a sumptuous, authentic candlelit feast with a tankard of ale or goblet of wine...
THE BEST medieval banquet you've ever experienced...guaranteed!
- 9.00pm -
After your feast, following the distant sounds of drumming and the lantern led path to the fire pit where you will be regaled with tales of the more macabre side of Medieval life and the hauntings of the forest...keep your eyes on the fleeting shadows that pass our circle...
- 10.00pm -
Spiritual Alchemy at the Standing Stones
Standing on the site of the former medieval gallows, with the modern world fading into the distance below you, feel the spirit of the place as we close our first evening with a group seance and spiritual awakening under the stars.
- 8.00am - 10.00am -
Help yourself to our wholesome continental breakfast
including warm croissants, pain au chocolat, crumpets, toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, juice, tea and coffee
- 11.00am -
After breakfast we will make our way down to the Archery field, overlooking the river, to practise our aim!
Will you be a natural?
- 1.00pm -
warming homemade winter soup with warm crusty rolls followed by chocolate cake
- 2.30pm -
MEDIEVAL HERBALISM WORKSHOP
BECOME A MEDIEVAL APOTHECARIST AND MIX YOUR OWN REMEDIES TO TAKE HOME
In the Middle Ages remedies were often produced by Monks, Nuns or 'Wise-Women' of the Forest and with every single known medicine today deriving from nature it's clear to see why Herbalism is still so effective.
During this workshop, set within the Saxon house, you will use herbs and essential oils to create a medieval remedy of your choice!
- 7.00pm -
Full Paranormal Investigation
After your evening meal your evening will begin with a briefing from Jayne on the ghosts of the building, after which we will visit various areas of the property and woods in search of its spirits and paranormal experiences!
We will be working either in darkness or by candlelight using traditional and lesser known ancient techniques as well as drawing upon our own intuition.
Refreshments available throughout. The evening will close at Midnight.
- 9.00am - 11.00am -
Before heading home help yourself to a wholesome breakfast including warm croissants, pain au chocolat, crumpets, toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, juice, tea and coffee.
There will be vegetarian/vegan options and non-alcoholic drinks available during the Medieval Banquet. 1 glass of wine/ale per person included. You are welcome to bring your own beverages however please bear in mind that anyone considered heavily under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to participate in activities.
NO ALCOHOL before or during the Paranormal Investigation please. This is to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.
All outdoor activities are weather permitting. In the event of poor weather, activities will take place indoors.
As we have private use of the entire estate guests are welcome to remain in the forest or explore after-hours but are responsible for their own safety outside the organised schedule.